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Nienaber is new Springbok coach

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Both Nienaber and Erasmus emphasised that continuity will be paramount for the Boks in 2020.

Jacques Nienaber was named as the new Springbok coach as part of a revised coaching panel, that will report directly to Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby.

Nienaber was promoted from an assistant coach’s role to carry the day-to-day responsibility while Erasmus will continue to direct strategy in a tweaking of a panel that is heavily accented on continuity.

Both Nienaber and Erasmus emphasised that continuity will be paramount for the Boks in 2020.

Mzwandile Stick has been reappointed as an assistant coach while in an innovative inclusion, Felix Jones will continue but in a new role as a European-based coaching consultant.

There are two new appointments with Deon Davids appointed forwards coach while Daan Human – the Bulls’ scrum coach – take up the same role with the Springboks on a shared basis.

Davids had a tough apprenticeship as head coach of the Southern Kings, firstly in Super Rugby (2016-17) and then in Pro14 until parting company with the team at the completion of the last season.

Human, the former Springbok front ranker, will continue to work as the scrum coach of the Bulls during the Super Rugby season but will join the Springboks for the incoming series in July.